What Is Non-Farm Payrolls?
Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) also known as Employment Change is all about the change in the number of employed people during the previous month. These stats exclude the farming industry hence it is called Non-Farm Payrolls. The stats are usually released every first Friday of the month, after the month ends .
Why Do We (traders) Care About NFP?
NFP is an important data from the United States which is the leading indicator of consumer spending which is highly linked to the improved economic activity. Planning improves one’s performance. I always plan ahead because I hate being random. Below is our Non-Farm Payrolls 2022 dates.
What Does “Begin With The End In Mind” Mean?
To begin with the end in mind means having a clear vision of what you want to achieve and it also means that you hold the desired outcome in mind as you implement the strategies to get there. Today I decided to share a few steps on how to do that. Welcome to the first blog post of 2022, I am glad you are alive and here reading this post.
Gratitude is an appreciation of what you have and that is the best way to attract more of it. I believe you do keep a trading journal where you note down anything that you feel is important. If you have no idea how trading journals work, you can listen to this podcast episode HERE and get your trading journal right away because you will need it for this very practical blogpost.
I want you to begin your 2022 trading by writing down the following: “today is the (insert date when you are reading this post) and I am so grateful for my profitable live trading account that gives me consistent income”. Writing this down will make you appreciate it.
What Did I Do Differently To Become Profitable?
Remember you are starting your 2022 trading with the end in mind. I am aware that some of you may be reading this blog post and you just had a margin call or your account is having a serious drawdown. The aim of this exercise is to align you with the results that you want to achieve with your account in 2022. Ignore the fact that you are not profitable now (if that’s your case) and just do the exercises. Please make sure that you write these in your trading journal.
A Few Examples Of What You Can Write That Led To This Success
- I followed my trading plan.
- I read more to understand what really moves the markets.
- I exercised more patience.
- I only traded when I had enough time.
- I worked on myself and focused on being more disciplined.
- I never traded when my setups were not met.
- I implemented everything that I learned as is.
- I believed in myself more.
These are the few things that you can think of. As you write these down, you will notice that more will come up and if you’ve been trading for a while with no success, you’ll automatically think of how you should have applied these things in the past years of your trading.
What Did I Let Go Of?
Again, remember that you are doing these exercises because you want to start with the end in mind. This is not about self judgement.
A Few Examples Of What You Might Have Let Go Of
- I stopped doing random trades.
- I stopped following random trading signals on social media Forex groups.
- I stopped discussing my trading account with friends because it added unnecessary pressure to my trading.
- I stopped using bigger lot sizes that my account could not handle.
- I stopped switching from one trading strategy to another and I focused on polishing what I have learned.
- I stopped treating my trading account like a casino slot machine.
I don’t know what you’ll have in your mind, you can use my examples to inspire your own list. If they all resonate with you, it is also OK to use them. Just do whatever will work for you.
Your 2022 Trading Goals
Now that you know how the end looks like (the end that you want align with) you can then write down the following questions and answer them:
- What do I want to achieve with my Forex account?
- Why do I want that?
- How will it make me feel?
- When do I want it?
- What am I willing to do to get it?
I have never published a blogpost of this nature. Today’s blogpost is very practical and it will require you to do the work. If you do the work as suggested, you should have your clear short/long term trading goals.
Thank you for stopping by and reading this post. I will do an audio version (podcast) of this post as well. I hope you will manage to apply these. Please subscribe, share this post and leave a comment to share your thoughts. I have published a booklet to help you align with what you want to achieve in your trading. The booklet is very practical and it will require just 3 minutes of your time twice a day to do the affirmations to align with what you want to achieve with your trading account. You can check it out HERE. Please note that you don’t need to have a PayPal account to purchase, you can purchase with your bank card (see instructions when you get to the page). Should you get stuck, feel free to WhatsApp me on +27 78 144 6851.
What Is Mental Endurance?
Mental endurance is a measure of individual resilience and confidence that may predict success in sport, education and the workplace. SOURCE: Wikipedia.
Welcome back, it’s been a while since I published a blogpost here. Mental endurance is also the ability to exercise inner strength to be able to deal with life’s daily challenges. As a beginner trader, you are likely to face challenges as you work towards gaining that much needed trading experience. Being able to navigate through those challenges without giving up, will require mental endurance. For the sake of this post, I will assume that you have learned how to trade and you are at that stage where you feel like it is not happening as quick as you have anticipated.
Why Must We Develop Mental Endurance?
I have seen people who always start projects and give up along the way and never see them through. I have done it as well so many times in my life. In this case I can say that Forex trading is definitely not one of them. This year marks my 12th year in the markets. If it was, I wouldn’t be here today sharing with you. When we lack mental endurance, we give up easily.
Most traders are introduced to Forex trading as a quick and easy way to make money without putting in any work or effort, I was also sold that dream. When they finally unlearn that, they give up or even stop learning and instead choose to get involved in Forex pyramid schemes which always end badly. Since mental endurance is about exercising inner strength, below are the 2 things that you can do to activate that inner strength. I am only sharing these two because I know that if you can start there, you will know what else to work on.
Change Your Beliefs About Trading.
I know this may sound a bit weird, but most people who are trading do not believe that they can actually make money. Sometimes they do believe that there are opportunities to make money in the markets, but they don’t see themselves being among those people who can benefit from those opportunities. There is so much fear and doubts. This is caused by what most people have experienced, the scamming etc. They then come to the markets carrying all that baggage. To make money, you must believe that you can and it is possible.
I did a podcast episode on the importance of personal development in Forex trading because we trade better when we behave better. That is what trading psychology is all about, it is about how we behave in the markets. Since we cannot control the markets, we might as well control what we can, ourselves. You can listen to that episode HERE.
I also published a very practical booklet to help instill positive beliefs about money and Forex trading. When your beliefs are shifted to the positive side, your results will be positive. You can purchase your softcopy of “Shift your Mind, Shift your Money” booklet for only $8 HERE. Scroll down towards the end on that page and click the “BUY THE BOOK” button. You can buy without having an existing Paypal account (just read through the instructions on the purchase page) Should you need any assistance, kindly WhatsApp me on +27 78 144 6851.
2. Understand That It Won’t Happen Overnight.
When you understand Forex for what it is and not as a cash slot machine, you will also understand that it is going to be a process just like any other business and you will have to fall in love with that process in order for you to see progress and growth in your trading. Falling in love with the process means you understand that you will make mistakes, you may struggle with self control and you will be fearful sometimes. All these are the common challenges that you can easily overcome. I also went through most of these challenges. I can tell you one thing though, it does get better with time and experience.
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Why You Should Not Park Money In your Forex Account?
Hello subscribers and readers, welcome back and thank you for stopping by. By parking money, I don’t mean funding your trading account and not trading it. I mean when your account is funded and you are trading it and making profits, do not just leave it in your trading account. Below are the few tips on how you can utilize your trading profits.
Let Your Account Sustain Itself
Now let’s be honest, when you are employed, you allocate transport money from your salary. Your trading account should be able to do that for itself as well. When you take data/Wi-Fi off your budget and let your trading account take care of that, you will feel so great. This is the first one to do, it shows that you are winning and you are moving.
Start A Business
In this case, I would look at the trading account as an investment. When your investment grows, take a portion and put it towards starting a business or growing your existing one. Every end of each month, you’ll need to close your trading books, see how you did and allocate a certain percentage towards growing your business. You can do 10%, 20% or whatever amount that you see fit. That percentage amount should be the same every month. This will not only help you grow your money but it will encourage you to take your trading account more seriously and treat it like an investment. As your business grows, invest some of the profits back to your trading account and keep repeating.
Invest in Shares
If you are in S.A, you can invest in shares using reputable brokers. From your trading account, allocate a percentage that will go towards your share portfolio. Investing in shares is long term, grow your portfolio by using your Forex money.
Buy Something For Your House
Yes I said it, buy something that you will always look at and be proud that you bought that with your trading money. Just like when you start working, it feels so good to look around and see a new microwave that you bought with your own salary. That sense of ownership will encourage you to always do your best in your trading account so you can acquire more. A happy trader does way better than a frustrated one. By all means, do things that makes you happy.
Grow Your Savings or Emergency funds
Allocate a percentage towards your savings. When you have grown your emergency funds/savings account or your tax free account (if you are in S.A) you will feel so proud and be more encouraged to do well in your trading account so you can allocate more. You can make your own list of things that you can do with your Forex money. This post is for someone who is making profits but just keeping them in the Forex account. I recently did an episode on my Podcast covering this topic. You can listen HERE. Thank you for stopping by. If you think this is an eye opener post, please share with your peers and feel free to leave a comment.
What Is Personal Development?
SOURCE Wikipedia: Personal development consists of activities that develop a person’s capabilities and potential, build human capital, facilitate employability, and enhance quality of life and the realization of dreams and aspirations. Personal development may take place over the course of an individual’s entire lifespan and is not limited to one stage of a person’s life. It can include official and informal actions for developing others in roles such as a teacher, guide, counselor, manager, coach, or mentor, and it is not restricted to self-help. When personal development takes place in the context of institutions, it refers to the methods, programs, tools, techniques, and assessment systems offered to support positive adult development at the individual level in organizations.
The Importance Of Personal Development In Forex Trading.
Forex trading is not only about learning certain trading strategies. A lot of traders have amazing trading strategies but they still fail. Trading is more about being able to manage ourselves. The best way to manage our trading accounts or money is to manage ourselves. A trader who works on themselves finds it easier to navigate through challenges. Below are the few areas that one can develop as a trader.
If there’s one thing that a trader needs, is patience. Patience to analyze and to wait for a perfect setup before executing trades. As a trader you will also need to be very patient with yourself and give yourself time to learn and gain the necessary experience. If you are an impatient person in all other areas of your life, you are not going to suddenly switch to a patient person instantly especially in your trading. You will keep on messing things up in your account until you work on yourself and fix your patience levels. As a teacher/mentor/coach, I also do a lot of personal developments. Patience is one of the areas that I had to look at because it would be impossible to teach without it.
Over the past few years, I have taught, mentored and coached people who come to me with different challenges. A couple of times, I had mentees who were addicted to gambling, they would spend weekends at the casino. No matter how much I tried to help them stop gambling with their trading account, they would still gamble. It was only when one person who had the gambling challenge told me that they are getting help because it has been a problem for so many years and it has affected his business and marriage. If this person did not work on that problem, he would have lost a fortune in the markets.
Some people need to develop this area. If you lack self control, you are likely to struggle with keeping your profits. Most people make money but at the end of each day or week, they give it all back to the markets because they just couldn’t stop. They kept on going back for more trades even when they have made their target. Until such a trader works on their self control issues, they will keep on donating to the markets. Check out these VIDEOS here and avoid such mistakes.
In 2019, I published a blog post on how to build self confidence, you can check it out HERE. When it comes to confidence, one may have confidence in other areas but lack confidence in trusting self or making decisions. This can also be worked on through personal development. If you always end up loosing opportunities because you are lacking self confidence, this can be fixed. I only shared a few just to give you an idea. You can search for more areas that need to be improved in your own life and start working on those. The person that you are cannot be separated from the person who trades. I recently published an episode on my PODCAST on this topic.
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